Health Watch – Happy New Year: One More Resolution
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Flossing helps eliminate plaque between teeth. That helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. And preventing gum disease could help prevent heart disease. Studies have shown that inflammation increases the risk for heart disease, and the inflammation of diseased gums could lead to inflammation throughout the body. Gum disease could raise levels of certain proteins in the bloodstream, which can cause inflamed coronary arteries and lead to heart disease.
So, it's possible that taking a few minutes every night to floss your teeth could help you prevent a life-threatening disease.
Next on Healthwatch: Having a safe New Year's Eve.